Freelance SQL jobs for world-class engineers

At Toptal, you’ll work on freelance SQL jobs and projects with top clients who understand the value of elite engineering talent. As a former SQL Developer or Data Architect, you gain the opportunity to design your own schedule, get real-time help from a global community of experts, and enjoy top professional development opportunities.

Hiring SQL Developers? Learn more about Toptal.

Why should you use Toptal to build your career?

At Toptal, you’ll always have plenty of opportunities available to grow personally and professionally. From working with cutting-edge technologies to getting real-time feedback from a global community of top developers, there are always options for creating value for yourself here.

Grow your career by working with top companies

Grow your career by working with top companies

At Toptal, you’ll choose from projects with industry leaders like Airbnb and NetApp and learn cutting-edge technologies and skills.

Never worry about payments

Never worry about payments

At Toptal, you set your own rate, always get paid on time, and never have to worry about negotiating with clients or competing with cheap, inexperienced developers.

Design your own lifestyle

Design your own lifestyle

No offices, no useless meetings, and no mandatory hours. You choose your own availability and enjoy the freedom to work from wherever you want.

Learn from peers and take advanced technical courses

Learn from peers and take advanced technical courses

Have a bug? Ping the Toptal Slack Community for real-time, on-demand support from a global network of top engineers. Want to learn a new skill? The Toptal Academy is designed to help you rapidly gain professional expertise in a new technology.

Get featured on the Toptal Engineering Blog

Get featured on the Toptal Engineering Blog

With hundreds of thousands of subscribers, hundreds of advanced technical studies, and frequent syndication requests from top industry publications, publishing on the Toptal Engineering Blog is a unique chance to show off your top work to the best in the industry.

Speak at conferences and attend events

Speak at conferences and attend events

Not only will you be able to attend Toptal Community events in cities all around the world, but as part of the Toptal Speakers Network, we’ll also help you attend leading conferences, submit papers, and prepare and deliver keynote speeches.

Meet members of the Toptal SQL community:

Mike Stankavich

Austin, TX, United States

Mike is a senior data engineer and freelance architect experienced across the development stack. He has extensive cloud and infrastructu... Read More

Mike Harris

New York, NY, United States

Mike is an experienced freelance Ruby developer who also has real world experience in JavaScript, C#, C++, Java, and SQL. He has more th... Read More

Eric W. Greene

Lynchburg, United States

Eric loves to write code in a high-paced and challenging environment with an emphasis on using best practices to develop high quality so... Read More

Vladimir Jednak

Belgrade, Serbia

Vladimir has over a decade of experience in business intelligence, databases, data warehouses, reporting solutions, development, archite... Read More

Jake Varghese

Dallas, TX, United States

As an architect, Jake understands the process of solving complex problems that plague enterprise and medium size businesses. He is a fu... Read More

Dathan Guiley

San Diego, CA, United States

Dathan is a forward-thinking freelance software architect, developer, and leader with roots in effective software development. He has tw... Read More

Ramiro Agustin Palacios

Málaga, Spain

Ramiro is a PMP Certified ScrumMaster and experienced systems engineer with over ten years of software development experience in Microso... Read More

Lucas Tomas Casas Arregui

Córdoba, Cordoba, Argentina

Lucas is a strong, experienced developer and architect who has worked on a wide range of solutions including solid state, windowed, web ... Read More

Gustav Stieger

Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Gustav is a software engineer with 25 years of experience with all levels of software and architecture. His skills include .NET/C#, ETL ... Read More

Scott Ferrett

Langebrueck, Germany

Scott is a freelance architect and lead developer with extensive experience in C++, C#, and SQL. He has contributed to the ANSI standar... Read More

Richard Rozsa

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Richard Rozsa offers a vision of data as a self formatting entity. For more than 30 years, he's delivered top quality technical archite... Read More

See 3 typical SQL jobs you’ll have access to at Toptal:

Top clients, ranging from industry-leaders to rapidly growing start-ups, use Toptal to hire elite SQL developers for their mission-critical jobs.

SQL Developer
SQL, Linux

We are a new startup in the energy sector gathering dynamic and distributed energy resources and connecting them to clients in need. We are looking for an experienced SQL developer to hit the ground running downloading multiple large data sets to transform them into common data schema, and continue adding new datasets on a continual basis.

Database Developer
SQL, Docker, AWS

We are a mid-sized digital marketing agency specialized in search engine optimization and affiliate marketing. We are looking for an experienced MySQL and database administrator to assist us in updating our database to a new version and data archiving. The ideal hire will be skilled with continuous deployments and integrations, and a self-starter.

Data Engineer
SQL, Azure, AWS

We are a cryptocurrency investment firm helping our clients break through the noise and find promising blockchain projects. We are looking for a Data Engineer to create an easy-to-use dashboard that aggregates and synthesizes data from several APIs. The ideal hire will be adept at building the infrastructure in a way that incorporates new data sources.

Enjoy competitive, worry-free compensation.

At Toptal, you set your own rates and never have to spend time marketing yourself, billing clients, etc. Most Toptalers make substantially more through Toptal than they did at their previous jobs, and we’ll always pay you on time, even if clients have not yet paid us. Never worry about payments again.

Trusted by:
HP Enterprises worked with Toptal to add freelance developers to their team in Israel.
Airbnb trusted Toptal to help hire programmers to support their Berlin office.
Zendesk trusted Toptal contractors to develop their key software applications.
Thumbtack hires software engineers from Toptal for their mission-critical initiatives.
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NetApp hires software engineers from Toptal for their mission-critical initiatives.

Design your own lifestyle.

At Toptal, you can choose your own schedule and work from anywhere in the world that has Internet. Whether you want to spend more time at home with your family or start traveling and work from exotic beaches, the choice is completely up to you. No offices, no mandatory hours, just complete freedom to work in the way that suits you best.

Join tech conferences, advanced skill development sessions, and more.

Not only will you be able to attend Toptal Community events in cities all around the world, but if you join the Toptal Speakers Network, we'll also help you attend leading conferences, submit papers, and prepare and deliver keynote speeches.

Publish technical papers alongside SQL developers on the Toptal Engineering Blog.

The Toptal Engineering Blog features hundreds of thousands of subscribers, daily in-depth technical studies, and frequent syndication requests from leading publications across the tech industry. By joining, you’ll be able to publish on the Toptal Engineering Blog and show your top work off to a global audience of SQL developers.

Why do top SQL experts join Toptal?

George Vashakidze

Mobile Developer
Tbilisi, Georgia

George is an extremely motivated and hardworking mobile developer with over five years experience working with iOS and Android. He is a very results-driven individual and always strives to bring about the maximum amount of customer satisfaction. George is quick to pick up new technologies and can easily adapt to new development environments.

During my time at Toptal, I've completed quite a few projects and have been able to showcase my skills at server side programming (Java Spring Boot, Hibernate, JPA PostgreSQL) and at Front End as well (Swift, ObjC, React Native). I've met a lot of educated and highly experienced people and most importantly, I've gained a lot of experience with a very good salary. Toptal is the best way for any developer to demonstrate and sharpen their capabilities.

Kristijan Jurković

Software Engineer
Pula, Croatia

As a software engineer and a mobile enthusiast, Kristijan has invested time and resources into perfecting the development process of building mobile apps. With experience in building large and security-sensitive applications, he has developed analytical skills, wireframing and prototyping techniques, and coding best practices to develop quality and secure software.

I had my doubts when starting as a freelancer. Searching for clients and selling yourself takes a lot of time and energy. Toptal gave me a completely new view on being a freelancer. I'm a fan of the peace of mind that comes with Toptal, since I have access to a lot of great projects and I don't have to worry about getting paid or selling my knowledge to new potential clients. Instead, I can focus on what I do best - software development and spending time improving my expertise with new languages, tools, and frameworks.

By joining Toptal, you’ll have full flexibility over which projects you choose and when you want to work.

Aside from enjoying the benefits of our amazing community, you’ll have full flexibility to accept or reject projects as you prefer. Whether you prefer to work full-time at Toptal or you’d rather just take on occasional hourly jobs, the choice is yours.